Just curious that my new Pioneer 109 came with firmware 1.13 as shown via nero info tool:
Nero InfoTool 2.21
Drive : PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-109
Type : DVDÂ±R/RW DL Recorder
Firmware Version : 1.13
Buffer Size : 2000 KB
Date : 05-01-29
Serial Number : DLDC0XXXXXWL
Vendor Specific : 05/01/29 PIONEER
Drive Letter : H:\
Location : 2:0
Mechanism : Tray
Read Speed : 40 X
Write Speed : 40 , 32 X
Mount Rainier : No
Modes : Packet, TAO, DAO, SAO, RAW SAO, RAW DAO, RAW SAO 16, RAW SAO
96, RAW DAO 16, RAW DAO 96
Region Protection Control : RPC II
Region : None
Changes User : 5
Changes Vendor : 4
Ideally, I want to find a RPC1 patch for it, but at this stage it doesn't seem that will happen, so I'll have to use the other tools like Region free, etc.
Reading some of the threads, it seems that indeed it's possible to go sideways and flash this to a A09XL but this is mainly for the riplock. Also there is indications that the BUFFALO firmware will allow a higher DVD burn increase on DL discs to 6X.
I got a supplemental note with my drive saying that the following speed increase has been added already, so it seems there is no reason to go towards this buffalo firmware. (Or am I missing the point)
Now looking at available firmwares for the 109 - it seems my current FW is not listed? It that because it's has no difference to the first release like the FW-109 or that the 1.17 is much better and it was pointless to link it?
If this is FW 1.13 is required for anyone, let me know a way to extract & save it and I'll post it, otherwise I may just go for the straight 109-->A09 change.
At this stage I only have some old princo's 4X lying around so I just want to finsih them off b4 I go and get some better quality disc. So maybe I'll use the drive as is b4 I flash it to a higher release, unless this release is crap.